Monthly Archives: December 2012


For otters (observed at the National Zoo–it gets going at about the 0:50 mark):

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MOOC Promoters Are Not ‘Disruptors’ But Neo-Liberal Apologists

For those who don’t know what a MOOC is, it’s short for massive open online course. All the cyberpundits are a twitter about it (pun intended), as it is a potentially disruptive technology (by the way, when did disruptive stop … Continue reading

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Links 12/27/12

Links for you. Science: Flu cases starting to spike in Boston NIH small business awards per capita by State 17 Awesome, Nerdy Examples Of Taxonomy Humor Drastic cuts in fish quotas expected (global warming. WHEEE!!!) Anthropologists are among the lowest … Continue reading

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One Thing You Can Do to Stop the NRA

…or at least slow it down a little. One fundamental problem is that the gun merchants’ lobby massively outspends the gun safety lobby: For a very long time, the Brady Campaign has fought this fight. Rather than waiting for Michael … Continue reading

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Why Medical Tourism Is a Really Dangerous Idea: The CRE Edition

I’m usually a big fan of economist Dean Baker. Since the mid-1990s, he has been debunking much of the Social Security and Medicare misinformation pumped out by conservative faith-tanks; he was also one of the few and first people to … Continue reading

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Links 12/26/12

Links for you. Science: Amoxicillin for acute lower-respiratory-tract infection in primary care when pneumonia is not suspected: a 12-country, randomised, placebo-controlled trial Why Is My Kid Such a Picky Eater? Execute order 66 Semi-Automatic Anthropology: Confronting Complexity, Anthropologically Other: Dear … Continue reading

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Trees, Lit

I’m still not used to the abnormally mild weather we’ve been having–the leaves should all be down at this point. Though it does look nice: For the more traditional view, we present you with Commonwealth Mall (Darmouth looking towards the … Continue reading

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Why the War on Drugs Is a Joke

Leaving aside serious issues of decriminalization versus legalization (and for which drugs), it’s safe to say that the moral underpinnings of our War on Drugs have become completely unmoored (boldface mine): If you’ve ever been arrested on a drug charge, … Continue reading

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Links 12/25/12

Gut Yontif! Links for you. Science: The Frustration of the Taxonomist Corvids: The Birds Who Think Like Humans The Fungus Behind the Frog Apocalypse Hides in Crayfish Eciton burchellii army ant bivouac. Crowds Are Not People, My Friend Other: Dear … Continue reading

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That’s a Big Fish

For the next few months, the New England Aquarium in Boston is undergoing some renovations. During that time, the iconic ‘Pillar of Reef’ that you can walk around has been drained. In the meantime, the fish in that exhibit have … Continue reading

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